Raj Anthony is the Managing Trustee and President of Ankur and has over 25 years of work experience at the grassroot level in various capacities. Of these, five years were spent in Jana Jagaran, a Jesuit NGO in Belgaum Karnataka where his responsibilities included planning, motivating, monitoring and executing the Adult Education Centres; organizing and mobilising the workers in the informal sector; and conducting training of income generating programmes for the tribals of the region.
Raj Anthony has been the Director of Programmes since 1993 when Ankur Trust was registered. His responsibilities here include planning, monitoring and executing research activities, legal literacy programme, and educational activities.
He has a B.Ph. (Bachelor in Philosophy) from the University of Pune and also a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology and a Post Graduate degree in Law (LLB).
Vaishali Raj Patil is an Associate Director, Secretary and part-time resource person with work
experience of over 14 years in the tribal region of Raigad district, Maharashtra. She possesses exceptional leadership qualities and has the resources to motivate and mobilize people over an issue, and plan and execute training programmes with special emphasis on gender issues and motivate, create and sustain SHGs (Self Help Groups).
She has a M.A. in Sociology and a Diploma in Feminist Theories from SNDT, Mumbai. She has also completed two international courses – one in Social Analysis and Community Organisation from Indian Social Institute, Banglore and the other in Regenerative Agriculture and Rural Management from International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Philippines.
Vaishali is the recipient of two awards from the district and state administration for her contribution to better the quality of life of tribal women.
Dr. Geeta Kharat is the Trustee and a Doctor with a M.D. in Social Medicine. She is employed in the civil hospital of Alibagh and has a vast experience and knowledge in the field of Social Medicine. She has the expertise to plan and execute training programmes in the field of health.